FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup
This annually staged elite-level competition is organised around seven meets and takes place in some of the world's most amazing natural water bodies, either freshwater (lake, rowing course, river) or saltwater (sea).
FULL CALENDAR 2014
|February 1||Patagones-Viedma (ARG)|
|April 5||Cancun (MEX)|
|June 28||Setubal (POR)|
|July 24||Lac St-Jean (CAN)|
|August 1||Lac Magog (CAN)|
|August 9||Lac Megantic (CAN)|
|October 12||Chun'an (CHN)|
|October 18||Hong Kong (HKG)|
In the beginning (between 1997 and 2006), the World Cup included a whole range of long distances. Since 2007, FINA decided to focus the World Cup on the 10km distance only, as a direct consequence of the introduction of the 10km Marathon Swim on the Olympic programme in 2005. The former Marathon Swimming World Cup circuit was therefore “split” in order to create a separate 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup, while races above 10km would then be part of the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix.
MSWC 2014: Reichert (GER) and Olasz (HUN) win in Hong Kong
Ninety-three swimmers from 21 countries arrived at the waters edge just few minutes before 8 a.m. today, allowing an hour for swimwear inspection and the application of their numbers and sun block. Precisely at 9 a.m. the 51 male competitors entered the 27.5 centigrade water, holding one hand on the start rope for mere seconds before the horn signaled their official start. The athletes would be expected to navigate five loops each of 2km. A pleasant air temperature of 26 degrees and a light westerly wind made for ideal conditions.
The 42 women would start five minutes after the men's race following the identical course that was peppered with more than 40 boats and kayaks.
MSWC 2014: Brazil's Cunha and do Carmo top favourites in Hong Kong
The eighth and final stop of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup 2014 returns to Hong Kong's Repulse Bay on Saturday morning October 18. Just minutes after Friday's technical meeting and safety briefing most of the 51 male and 43 female competitors boarded on coach buses to one of the most beautiful venues of open water swimming.
Among the women taking a practice swim today were Brazil’s Ana Marcela Cunha and Poliana Okimoto. In early February Okimoto won the opening leg of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup 2014 in front of 7,000 spectators in Viedma, Argentina. In the lead pack from the start, Okimoto finished the women’s race in 2h05m03s88, a little more than 13 seconds ahead of her Brazilian teammate Ana Marcela Cunha.
MSWC 2014: Meyer (USA) and Cunha (BRA) dominate Magog race
Alex Meyer (USA), 2010 world champion in the 25km event, won a hard-fought race in Lac Magog, Canada on August 1, the fifth stop of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup 2014.
In the last meters, a strong pack of more than a dozen swimmers was heading for the finish line. 18 out of 25 swimmers touched home within the same minute. A photo finish decided the winner and it was Meyer, who edged German veteran Thomas Lurz by 27 hundredths of a second, clocking 1h55m10s63. Brazil's Allan do Carmo took third in 1h55m12s94.
MSWC 2014: Grimaldi (ITA) and Lurz (GER) set the pace in Cancun
Martina Grimaldi (ITA) and Thomas Lurz (GER) dominated the second stop of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup 2014 in Cancun (MEX), where a total 75 swimmers, 34 women and 41 men from 20 countries, took the plunge.
In the women's race, Martina Grimaldi of Italy, 2012 Olympic bronze medallist, emerged victorious in 2h12m37s. Brazilians Poliana Okimoto, reigning World champion and winner of Race 1 in Viedma, and Ana Marcela Cunha placed second and third, respectively in 2h12m38s and in 2h12m39s.
MSWC 2013: Grimaldi (ITA) and Fogg (GBR) dominate race in Cozumel (MEX)
Martina Grimaldi (ITA) and Daniel Fogg (GBR) emerged victorious at the fourth stop of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup 2013, held for the first time in Cozumel, Mexico. The event had a record 128 participants (53 women and 75 men) from 24 countries, who swam in the crystal-clear waters of the Mexican Caribbean and enjoyed the naturally stunning scene.
The women's race was very close and featured a high level of competition. The top-five finishers arrived in a mass finish, within split seconds of one another, and only a photo finish decided which one of them was the winner.
MSWC 2013: Reichert (GER) and Cunha (BRA) in top shape in Eilat (ISR)
65 swimmers plunged into the crystal waters of Eilat for the third stop of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup 2013. The city of Eilat hosted this Olympic swimming event for the second year in a row. 16 countries participated in this competition while enjoying the ideal conditions of 28 degrees Celsius with a water temperature of 21 degrees.
A surprising victory was set by Christian Reichert who beat his fellow rival from the German team, World champion Thomas Lurz: "I didn't feel threatened by anyone and I didn't look back. I was focused on winning every meter of this race."
MSWC 2013: Beraud (FRA) and Brunemann (USA) win inaugural race in Santos (BRA)
The season of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup 2013 has started! The city of Santos, in Brazil, staged the first leg of the annual circuit at Aparecida beach. 95 swimmers (49 men and 36 women) from 13 countries contested the event: Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, Russia, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the United States.
Big names in the world of open water attended the event: Olympic champion Eva Rizstov (the Hungarian was taking part in her first event in Brazil), 2012 Olympic medallists Thomas Lurz (GER), Richard Weinberger (CAN), Martina Grimaldi (ITA) and home heroes Ana Marcela Cunha (reigning World Cup champion) and Poliana Okimoto (overall winner of the 2009 Series).